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ACLU lawsuit aims to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage

The Supreme Court returned the battle over same-sex marriage to the states last month, and Deb and Susan Whitewood are among the first to pick up the fight.

A couple for 22 years with two teenage daughters, the Whitewoods filed suit on Tuesday to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage, one of the first of an expected outpouring of cases around the country to cite the court’s majority opinion that same-sex couples are denied a “status of immense import” and their children deprived of “the integrity and closeness of their own family.”

The New York Times
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July 9, 2013

Bringing Marriage Equality to Mississippi

While LGBT people around the nation celebrate the landmark victories for marriage equality at the Supreme Court, the Campaign for Southern Equality is once again bringing the fight for equality into the Deep South. 

The Advocate
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July 9, 2013

NYPD seek suspect in anti-gay assault

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is asking the public for help in identifying and tracking down a man wanted in connection with an assault that took place in Midtown South on Sunday morning.

Just after 3 a.m. a man who has been described as white or Hispanic, in his 40s with black hair, wearing a black tank top, black shorts, black sneakers, and carrying a dark-colored backpack apparently entered the Speedy Cafe and made anti-gay comments toward a pair of patrons. The suspect then kicked one of the men in the shoulder and fled on foot along West 32nd Street.

CBS New York
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July 8, 2013

FBI to join investigation of swastika burned outside PA home

SARVER, Pa. — A Butler County man said he woke up on Friday to find a symbol of hate in his front yard and now the FBI is offering their assistance with the investigation.

John Namey sent Channel 11 a message on Facebook, saying he found a large swastika burned into the grass of his Sarver home.

"It's a hateful thing. There is no place for that in this world, but unfortunately some people thrive on putting others down," said Namey.

WPXI
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July 8, 2013

First openly lesbian Miss South Carolina contestant: "This is me."

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gowns and crowns will be gracing the Miss South Carolina Pageant next week, but all the pomp and circumstance is taking a back seat to one contestant in particular who is making national headlines.

For the first time in history, the pageant has an openly gay contestant. She's also multi-racial, and many are calling her the new face of the south.

Her name is Analouisa Valencia. 

"Why should she not win," asked Analouisa's mom, Hattie Palasox. "She's got everything."

WISTV
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July 8, 2013

Tilda Swinton holds rainbow flag in Moscow in defense of Russia's gay community

A photograph of Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton defending Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by holding a rainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin is going viral in the blogosphere.

The star, who nabbed an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in 2007, reportedly released the following statement on the photograph via her spokesperson: "In solidarity. From Russia with love."

Huffington Post
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July 8, 2013

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